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This Bitcoin-Eating Plant Robot Hires Artists to Make Its Babies

This is a thing that exists in the world: a bitcoin-eating plant robot (called a plantoid), made of self-executing computer code which owns itself and hires artists to make its babies. If that sounds...

What Happens When Tech Takes Control of Evolution?

Over the span of a few billion years, diversity of life has flourished on Earth through the process of natural selection. Then, not long ago (relatively), human intelligence evolved. For the first time one species,...

Canada’s Building a Plant That Will Make Fuel Out of Poop

Each time you flush a toilet, it’s the beginning of a long journey. Your waste makes its way through a maze of pipes and sewers, eventually reaching its first destination: a sewage treatment plant. There,...
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through December 17th)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE The Great A.I. Awakening Gideon Lewis-Kraus | The New York Times Magazine "Google’s decision to reorganize itself around A.I. was the first major manifestation of what has become an industrywide machine-learning delirium. Over the past four...
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The Fourth Industrial Revolution Is Here: What Now? [Video]

What if the world we knew was subtly being replaced with a new one? Would we notice immediately, or would it only be evident in hindsight? According to the World Economic Forum, the “Fourth Industrial...

How Digital Nomads Are Leading the Seismic Shift in Where We Work

Have laptop, will travel. That’s become the slogan of an increasing number of the global white-collar workforce. People are unleashing themselves from corporations and companies to plug wirelessly into the wider world. The tribe of...

The Octobot Is Just the Beginning for Soft Robotics

Roboticists have long turned to nature for inspiration, but their creations have generally been conspicuously un-lifelike. Now, breakthroughs in the design and manipulation of soft materials have allowed them to start replicating the remarkable...

If Robots and AI Steal Our Jobs, a Universal Basic Income Could Help

Some fear that robots and AI will steal our jobs. They probably will (in the near-term, at least half of them). If that happens, what will we do for a living? How will we earn money? In...

Break Out of Your Echo Chamber: Technology Arranges Lunch With Someone New

On average, Americans spend 50 minutes a day on Facebook. That’s a lot of online socializing. It’s also about the same amount of time workers take for their lunch break. Yet there’s not nearly...

Killer Robots Won’t Go to War If Global Movement Has Its Way

Much ink has been spilled in recent years about the rise of killer robots. A movement to ensure no blood is shed by autonomous weapons—machines that kill or maim without a human behind the...
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through December 10th)

ROBOTICS: MIT's Modular Robotic Chain Is Whatever You Want It to Be Evan Ackerman | IEEEE Spectrum "If you can get all of the communication and coordination figured out, though, a modular system offers tons of advantages: robots that...

Algorithm Predicts What Happens Next in a Photo and Makes It Into a Video

Imagine if your favorite picture could automatically be converted into a short video and labeled. Sound like a fantasy? Maybe not for much longer. Using a deep learning algorithm, MIT’s Carl Vondrick, Hamed Pirsiavash, and Antonio...

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